Thursday 12 February 2015
Highlight of this article, For us, by us, written by Sean McGowan and published in Ecolibrium in December 2014. Sean interviewed four sustainability experts about the impact of the current energy efficiency drive on building occupants.
In November, Dr Vyt Garnys commenced a 3 month research secondment at CSTB (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment - Scientific and Technical Centre for Building) in France.
These replies and comments were received by CETEC in response to our email expressing sympathy for 13 November 2015 Paris terror attacks.
Dr Vyt Garnys was one of several speakers in an informative and well received session dedicated to Legionella risk at the recent IHEA Healthcare Facilities conference held in Brisbane.
With the Brisbane storm last Thursday resulting in heavy rain and hail damage it is timely reminder that if you have building damage, you need to restrict access and act quickly, but don't undertake works without first consulting an expert.
In September The World Green Building Council released its Health, Wellbeing & Productivity in Offices Report. The report follows on from the research that CETEC has been doing relating to IEQ and productivity over the last 15 years. Dr Vyt Garnys of CETEC was on the Technical Committee charged with providing expertise for this report.
Thursday 13 November 2014
In 2012, CETEC was engaged by ISPT to conduct annual Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ) testing of over 40 commercial office and retail buildings.
Jack Noonan and Dr Vyt Garnys recently attended International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) conference - Indoor Air 2014 in Hong Kong. The conference is held every three years and is the leading conference for researchers in the indoor air and climate space. This article is about the key messages
A consultation paper for the NABERS IE enhancements has been released for industry and stakeholder feedback. Have your say. CETEC were on the Technical Working Group or panel reviewing the NABERS Indoor Environment tool.
Building accreditation and rating schemes are one way of assessing and benchmarking the performance of a building. The NABERS Indoor Environment tool has been subject of much discussion in recent times, with significant focus being placed on a lack of take up by building owners and facilities managers since introduction to the market (in comparison to NABERS Energy and NABERS Water. This article provide link to presentation made at Ideaction 14 on a NABERS IE study conducted by CETEC.
CETEC was recently appointed by the Federal Government to provide guidance to the National Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth) for the development of national guidance - Legionella control in potable water distribution systems in health and aged care facilities.
CETEC consultants are visiting Lae in Papua New Guinea next week. They are conducting hazardous materials audits on the existing buildings on the ANGAU Memorial Hospital redevelopment site.
CETEC has been sponsoring the School of Chemistry's top honours students for the CETEC Prize since 2008. The dual prize this year was awarded to Vera Diachenko and Nicholas Konstandaras for their thesis submitted in 2013.
CETEC conducted air quality testing for Seven News last week at selected schools in Sydney and Melbourne at drop off and pick up time. Parents who pick up their children by car and leave their car engines running while they are waiting are exposing all the children nearby to toxic exhaust fumes and particulates.
With Cyclone Ita and the resulting heavy rain and flooding in parts of Far North Queensland it is timely reminder - you need to act quickly, when water damages a building, but don't undertake works without first consulting an expert.